Increasing trends in data piracy

Every 26th of April, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

Our last event on 26th April 2019 was part of the official program of the World Intellectual Property Day. Torrent Detective’s CEO, László Kovács talked about ebook piracy at the 26th International Book Festival Budapest.

Photo: Zoltán Balogh / MTI

The audience consisted prominent members of the Central European book publishing sector. It was such a good opportunity to bring their attention to nowadays’ illegal downloading trends both in Hungary and on a global scale. Participants of the workshop learnt how to find their illegal content online and how to remove such data manually – moreover, how could they set this whole process on autopilot.

Photo: Boglárka Anna Horváth / Torrent Detective

According to recent statistics, the number of torrent site users are showing an increasing trend in Hungary and on global scale too.

Based on tracking info 40% of torrent site users are regular book downloaders too. The majority of book downloaders actually read the illegally obtained books, only 7% of them stated they’re only downloading content just to collect it, but not reading it.

As the above trends show piracy and illegal data distribution is an increasing issue. As more and more content is available online and of course publishers are aiming to place a scalable business model behind their intellectual property, the phenomenon of piracy is becoming a greater threat. Therefore, using such a solution as Torrent Detective is becoming even more relevant, as protecting online content is getting to be a must, not just an option.